The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter And Khaled Hosseini 's A Thousand Splendid Suns

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ISU Essay
Happiness is something that everyone wants to have. However, one must face many obstacles before achieving it. In Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, characters Mick Kelly and Mariam struggle to find happiness. They begin their lives as self-reliant young girls, but soon begin to suffer under family conflicts, oppression, and being rushed into adulthood. Ultimately, they find that self-sacrifice for love of family builds their self-esteem, and gives them sense of belonging even if it impedes their future.

One reason both characters struggle to find happiness is because of their families. In McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Mick has a family that is unsupportive towards her dreams and ambitions. When Mick’s brother Bill sees her makeshift violin he says, “‘Pipe down,’ said Bill. ‘Are you just carrying on about that old broken ukulele you’ve been fooling with? I could have told you at first it was crazy to think you could make any violin” (McCullers, 45). Mick’s brother, whom she looked up, to makes fun of her makeshift violin causing her to boil with frustration: Mick’s attempt to make a violin at the age of 12 is an action that shows Mick’s ambition to become a musician. Mick is unable to express this to her brothers and sisters, since they look down on her for being a rambunctious teenager. She gains little to no support from her family and is forced to go elsewhere to express herself without…

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